Article Index





JA old smithsonian

“Pound consciously intends Canto 71 to be distinct from the others. The chronological gap of thirteen years between the end of Canto 70 and the beginning of Canto 71, both drawn from the same type of source, and the emphasis in this canto and no other on the period of Adams’ retirement from public life, point up the concluding and valedictory aspects of this final Adams canto – which in effect offers yet another perspective, the retrospective.”

Carol H. Cantrell and Ward Swinson. “Cantos LII-LXXI: Pound’s Textbook for Princes.” Paideuma 18.1 (1989): 83



CANTO XXXI – [Adams and Jefferson in Paris]

CANTO XXXII – [the revolution was in the minds of the people]

CANTO XXXIII – Adams’s political principles







  1. Cookson, William. “Cantos LXX–LXXI. Kept peace with France – ‘In the Mirror of Memory.’” A Guide to The Cantos of Ezra Pound. London: Anvil, 2009. 108-111.
  2. De Rachewiltz, Mary and Maria Ardizzone. “Commento: LXXI.” Ezra Pound. I Cantos. A cura di Mary de Rachewiltz. [Bilingual English-Italian edition]. Milano: Mondadori, 1985. 1562-3.
  3. Fang, Achilles. “Materials for the Study of Pound’s Cantos.” 4 vols. Diss. Harvard U, 1958. Vol I: 187-9.
  4. Ickstadt, Heinz and Eva Hesse. “Anmerkungen und Kommentar: Canto LXXI.” Ezra Pound. Die Cantos. Tr. by Eva Hesse and Manfred Pfister. 1310-1.
  5. Sanders, Frederick. John Adams Speaking. Orono: National Poetry Foundation, 1975. 459-506.
  6. Surette, L. “Adams.” A Light from Eleusis. A Study of Ezra Pound’s Cantos. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1979. 170-2.
  7. Terrell, Carroll F. “Canto LXXI.” In Companion to The Cantos of Ezra Pound.” Berkeley: U of California P., 1980. I: 347-60.



  1. Guidi, Paolo. “Canto LXXI.” Diamond Point intaglio, selective hard ground, lift, etch, aquatint, copperplate. Printed on Arches 88 paper., 26 November 2014. Free online.
  2. Sellar, Gordon. “Canto LXXI.” Part 56 of 56 in the series Blogging Ezra Pound’s The Cantos., 12 June 2019. Free online.


A Draft of XXX Cantos

ship4 for c1

Eleven New Cantos

rsz guido cavalcanti